Seven environmental trailblazers between the ages of 18 and 30 will be taking home the coveted Young Champions of the Earth Prize, the UN’s highest environmental honor, for their ambitious project ideas to restore and protect the environment.
The winning young entrepreneurs – hailing from all over the world – are:
- Shady Rabab, taking home the prize for addressing poverty and waste management in Egypt by making musical instruments from trash and training young people in a band.
- Hugh Weldon, recognized for his smartphone app which calculates a user’s ecologic footprint based on scanned shopping receipts.
- Heba Al-Farra, for her support to female environmental professionals in the green industry across the Middle East and North Africa.
- Arpit Dhupar, for his groundbreaking technique that filters 90 percent of particulate matter from diesel generators and turning it into ink, without impairing mechanical performance.
- Miao Wang, receiving the prize for her Better Blue initiative, which empowers divers to conserve and protect the ocean.
- Miranda Wang, for her novel technology to turn plastic pollution into new resources for a sustainable economy.
- Gator Halpern, who launched a network of coral farms to restore endangered reefs, restoring vibrant ecosystems and the communities that depend on them.